Misc. Monday – Procrastination is the Name of the Game Today

Today is a great day for procrastination.  It really is.  I’ve been sitting here staring at the screen in front of me.  It’s not all that hot outside, but my metal roof is really starting to bring in the heat.  Every time I have ventured outside this morning I have been surprised at how comfortable the temperatures are.

Hygge CAL so far
Hygge CAL so far

It took what felt like forever and a day to get the bun sisters’ cage cleaned and their litter pans filled with fresh (though very dusty) hay.  I think that the bale of hay I purchased yesterday might be from last year’s crop.  Normally, I struggle to fit the entire bale into two 18 gallon plastic containers.  This time it only filled one and 3/4 containers.  That might be a good thing if I can get through the bale quickly because, (oh boy!) is it ever dusty!  Cough!  Cough!

Procrastination Can Be a Good Thing

There have been many times in my life that letting something go until the last minute has been a good thing.  Not doing paperwork has made it magically disappear a few times.  I remember waiting until the night before the deadline to tackle book reports when I was in elementary school.  Guess I work better under pressure.

Sometimes, when I was working in an office, the tasks I was given ended up being duds (for lack of a better word).  You want this set of numbers.  Why?  The number of rolls of toilet paper in our supply room have nothing to do with ABC Landscaping Company’s grass seed usage.  (Okay, maybe not that extreme, but you get my idea.)  Eventually, the person requesting these absurd numbers realizes the error of their ways and the request is dropped.  Win one for procrastination.  🙂

Procrastination Can Be Stressful

For me personally, procrastination can be very stressful.  I tend to worry about everything anyway so having a task hanging over my head has led to many sleepless nights.  Don’t ask me why I continue to do it.  I can’t tell you.  Maybe I like the self-abuse.  Or maybe I know that the crazy tasks will go away eventually.  That still leaves the important tasks that I can’t avoid.

Trying to Avoid Procrastination

Progress! Close up of the Hygge CAL
Progress! Close up of the Hygge CAL

The Hygge CAL has a deadline.  It’s a deadline of my own making, but it’s still a deadline.  For a change I’ve been plugging along on most days after I give myself a goal for the week.  Today’s goal is to finish at least the second of three hearts in the third part of the CAL.  This way I can work on the final heart and a half at knitting tomorrow.  Then part 3 will be complete and I can move onto the next one.

I am really enjoying the cross stitch.  I forgot how much I liked it when I did it way back when.  However…  There is the bane of my existence:  the separator made with overlay crochet.  It’s getting easier, but still tries my patience.  That’s when procrastination rears its ugly head and I have to fight it.

Here’s my incentive for the day:  If I can finish the hearts today, I will allow myself to spend the rest of the afternoon playing a PC game.  It might mean that the next thing is the dreaded separator row, but I will have the third part completed and I can pat myself on the back.

Do you have a project you are struggling to get through?  Let me know in the comments below how you are tackling it.  Let’s encourage each other to keep going.  The more we do, the less we have left to finish.

Have an excellent day!

Nose Bumps
Nose bumps from the Bun Sisters

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